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For Parents:

Temperament Tools: Working with Your Child’s Inborn Traits by Helen F Neville, BS, RN.

Based on the Preventive Ounce website (but unlike the website, which gives information on one child at a time), this book presents an array of common temperament combinations. It also includes an overview of temperament, management strategies, leaning styles, parent-child interactions, and ways to talk with children about temperament.

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Is this a Phase? Child Development and Parent Strategies, Birth to 6 Years
by Helen F Neville, BS, RN.

Also by Neville, this is an easy-to-use reference showing the many ways that normal development affects day-to day behavior. Also explains how temperament affects development.

Baby Friendly Sleep Lessons Book Cover Baby Friendly Sleep Lessons
by Dawn Fry with Helen F. Neville, BS, RN

Many babies need help learning to sleep on their own. Stay near-by and offer the step by step support your baby needs to learn a new way to go to sleep.

Is That Me Yelling Book Cover Is That Me Yelling? A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool\
by Rona Renner, RN

This unique guide offers powerful techniques based in temperament theory and mindfulness to help you reduce conflict and foster cooperation, respect, and understand in your family.

Highly Sensitive Child Book CoverThe Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them
by Elaine Aron, PhD

This book clarifies the joys and challenges of highly sensitive children. It also provides practical support strategies from the early years through adolescence.

Raising Your Spirited Child Book CoverRaising Your Spirited Child
by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Discusses inborn temperament traits and how to work with them. Written by a mother and parent educator, it gives a personal and practical look and life with spirited children.



For Professionals:

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Childhood Temperament-Based Anticipatory Guidance in an HMO Setting: A Longitudinal Study.
Cameron, J., Rice, D. Sparkman, G, Neville, H.
Journal of Community Psychology. Online: 14 Feb 2013

This 13-year study compares clinical outcomes in families which did and did not receive temperament-based anticipatory guidance during the preschool years. Intervention families learned about their child’s temperament, behavior issues likely to occur in the coming months, and individualized management strategies based on that child’s temperament. Significant findings were a decrease in clinical anxiety over the subsequent years and that the more extreme the child’s temperament, the greater the impact of early temperament education. Questionnaires and guidance were an earlier version of what is now available to parents on this Preventive Ounce website.

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hild Behavioral Assessment and Management
William B. Carey, MD and Sean C McDivitt, PhD

This book considers the challenge of behavior management in primary pediatric care. Many issues that do not meet DSM diagnostic criteria nonetheless cause significant concern and in families. How parents manage those issues, with good or poor fit with underlying temperament, has been shown to have a significant effect on long-term outcome. A broader understanding of normal behavior and access to temperament based management strategies can help parents, children, and busy pediatricians.

More information for CBAM


Temperament Perspective Book CoverThe Temperament Perspective

Jan Kristal

An experienced clinical specialist discusses temperament at home, in childcare and school as well as in medical and therapy settings. Includes information on the history and basic concepts of temperament. Forward by Stella Chess, MD.


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